Business Manager

Victory Gardens Theater (VGT) is an award-winning company, recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, with an annual operating budget of $2.5M. Celebrating 44 years in Chicago, VGT has largely devoted itself to new works. Located at the restored, historic Biograph Theater, the company produces on two stages, ZačekMcVay Theater (259 seat capacity), and the Richard Christiansen Theater (109 seat capacity), upstairs at the Biograph.

Business Manager

Victory Gardens Theater is seeking a Business Manager to work directly with the Managing Director and Finance Director to oversee daily/ weekly/ monthly finance responsibilities, space rentals, operations, and general admin as well as provide company management and HR support. This person also works with front of house, production and rentals, vendors, and full staff as the office administrator.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Work closely with the Managing Director and Finance Director to maintain cash flow in and out of the organization. This will include overseeing the input of daily box office and concession reports, preparing weekly royalty statements for renters, processing checks for artists for many streams of programming and payments for all company vendors, managing petty cash and credit card activity, and preparing monthly bank reconciliation for concessions cash.
  • Support Managing Director, Finance Director, and heads of departments to create the annual budget.


  • Along with Managing Director, maintain and expand a facilities rental program for the theater. Duties include drafting and negotiating rental agreements and contracts, facilitating walk-throughs for renters, serving as organization liaison for all rentals, and creating and processing billing and ticketing settlements. The Business Manager will also process payments and settlements for all Resident Theater Companies.

Company Management

  • Along with Managing Director, liaise with producing collaborators on co-productions.
  • Support Managing Director’s work with Actors Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and SDC Union.
  • Prepare actor and designer contracts and coordinate travel for out of town artists.

Human Resources

  • Process weekly and / or bi-weekly payroll for administrative staff and artists.
  • Assist staff in benefit enrollment.
  • Maintain employee handbooks and staff contact sheets.

Internship Program

  • Manage a thriving and innovative internship program, including the recruiting and onboarding of interns for each semester.
  • Schedule weekly lunch and learns for intern cohort.


  • Maintain the administrative phone line.
  • Manage the facility spacebook calendar and schedule meetings.
  • Keep the office stocked with supplies and work with individual departments on supply needs.
  • File accounting and administrative documents.
  • Coordinate with janitorial and facility maintenance staff to schedule cleaning and service.



Salary is competitive within the non-profit performing arts industry and commensurate with qualification and experience. Excellent benefits package.



Skills & Qualifications: 


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One year experience with any of the following, finance, operations, arts admin, budgeting, company management or HR.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software required; experience with Spektrix a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and diligent attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to high quality of work.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and projects simultaneously and effectively.
  • Interest in theatre/performing arts preferred and available to work events and performances on nights and weekends.
To Apply: 

To apply:

Victory Gardens Theater provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Victory Gardens Theater complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Qualified and interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a confidential resume to with subject line “Business Manager”.

Deadline to apply is September 21, 2018.

Victory Gardens Thepater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Rebekah Paine
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